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March 5, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • With LTE modem, Intel becomes a contender in mobile devices
    The introduction of its XMM 7160 modem for 3G, EDGE and Long-Term Evolution wireless communications puts Intel squarely in the game for chips going into base stations and mobile devices, Agam Shah writes in this analysis. The chipmaker is also looking to boost its business in baseband processors, he notes. Dean McCarron of Mercury Research said, "What we're seeing is the evolution of what the expected architecture is going to be. You are going to get your application and baseband processor from the same vendor." Network World/IDG News Service (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • Time Warner CEO: Digital is picking up the slack from packaged media
    The increase in digital distribution of video content offset the decline in sellthrough for packaged media last year, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said at an investment conference in Palm Beach, Fla. "The challenge is to move the business to the higher-margin sales of electronic movies rather the low-margin rentals like kiosks," said Bewkes. He also reported that Time Warner last year collected $350 million in revenue from licensing serialized content to Netflix and Amazon. Home Media Magazine (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From Blue Chips to Startups 
  • Facebook likes Google in its mobile push
    Facebook sees Google's technology, particularly its Android mobile operating system, as an important element in its mobile strategy. "We're a very significant application to them and they're a very significant platform to us," Facebook's Mike Shaver told reporters in a presentation at the social network's headquarters. Facebook is currently producing updates for its Android and iOS apps every four weeks, Shaver said. CNET/Internet and Media blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • On Samsung's Galaxy S IV, the eyes have it
    Samsung Electronics, which has already begun to mount a media campaign to hype its upcoming Galaxy S IV flagship phone, will reportedly include an eye-scrolling application on the device. The feature will allow text to scroll by tracking a user's eyes -- the software would automatically turn to the next paragraph when a reader's eyes hit the bottom of a page, for instance. Samsung is expected to emphasize new software -- rather than hardware -- on the Galaxy phone when the South Korean company introduces the handset on March 14. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (3/4), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wilson offers 2-year warranties for all signal boosters
    Wilson Electronics announced that all of its signal boosters for cellphones are now officially covered with a two-year warranty. "Wilson unofficially has been honoring a two-year warranty for some time," said Wilson's Laine Matthews. He added, "Now we decided to make the policy official." Dealerscope (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • Obama joins plea to allow unlocked phones
    After receiving more than 114,000 digital signatures on the matter, the White House on Monday said it agreed with the petitioners' call to allow the sale of "unlocked" mobile devices that would allow consumers to use them at rival carriers. Consumers should also honor service contracts, the administration added. The Wall Street Journal (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Jumptap: Tablets increase their share of data traffic
    Tablet computers were behind 18% of data traffic on Jumptap's mobile advertising network at the end of last year, compared with 7% of traffic in 2011 -- taking data traffic share away from feature phones and smartphones. The firm forecasts that tablets will represent 29% of its traffic this year, with 70% coming from smartphones and 2% from feature phones. Jumptap also forecasts that Android will continue to maintain its lead over iOS in mobile operating system market share. TechCrunch (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • IBM shopping app implements AR technology
    IBM demonstrated a comparison-shopping application that makes use of augmented-reality technology to bring a Web-like experience to shopping in a bricks-and-mortar store. "The same experience people expect online is available in the store," said IBM Research's Amnon Rebak. IBM is testing the app with a U.K. retailer and hopes to bring the technology to U.S. retailers as well, Rebak added. CNET (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gary Shapiro on Washington Times: "How smart immigration could save U.S. economyā€¯
    Read what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in an article for the Washington Times. In the article, Gary discusses America's immigration problem. "Encouraging innovation through skilled immigration is a no-brainer. The reality is many immigrants come to the United States as students and plan to start companies after graduation. America's restrictive immigration laws, however, prevent many of these individuals from staying in the United States. From 1995 to 2005, 52% of Silicon Valley's technology and engineering companies were started by immigrants, but since 2005 this percentage has dropped to 44%. Obviously our visa policies are not encouraging foreign-born innovators and self-starters to stay; rather, our current laws push entrepreneurs abroad to work for our competitors," said Shapiro. Check out and comment on the full article on Washington Times. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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